Wacky Wednesday

but I am nervous about heading up there. One of the reasons is that I know that I am going to see a lot of people that I went to school with and I don’t know if I really want to. I always feel weird when I run into people from that time in my […]

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In Remembrance of All Those Lost on 9/11

9/11 – The Day that Brought Our Nation to Its Knees – If Only for a Moment I thought about going through the day today without mention of 9/11, but I just couldn’t do it. For the past 10 years, I’ve approached September with apprehension. I know what I’m going to feel and though I […]

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The Minds of Children – Mine, In Particular

My Episodes in Toddler Parenting I often wonder what goes through a child’s mind as they dump their drink all over the table, toss their plate in the floor or otherwise make a mess. Let me rephrase that. I often wonder what is going through MY child’s mind. My baby boy recently turned three. He […]

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Celebrating Adoption: An Adoption Ceremony

Our little girl’s adoption was finalized this summer. One of the ways we commemorated this momentous event was by participating in an adoption ceremony. Picture a cross between a church baby dedication and a wedding, and you’ll have a good idea of what I mean by an adoption ceremony. We had our adoption ceremony at […]

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Special Needs Parenting: Little Signs of Major Strides

Last week my husband and I had a special session with our family play therapist to review our daughter’s progress since she first came to live with us in January. Our therapist records each session, and last week she had some clips for us to see. First we watched a clip from February. Our daughter […]

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Making Big Decisions

I have very recently quit my job. It was an agonizing decision in a lot of ways, and it was certainly one of the biggest decisions my husband and I have ever made. Nevertheless, despite the magnitude of the decision and all of the complicating factors and the deep sadness that accompanies this change, I […]

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Mother’s Spirituality: Incorporating Prayer Into Daily Tasks

Raising children and nourishing your own spirituality may seem like diametrically opposed goals. It’s not a new problem either. Women of faith have been complaining to their spiritual leaders for millennia: “I just can’t find time to pray!” On the one hand, there’s something true about that reality that you just can’t fight. Instead of […]

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Soul Fatigue

What a wretched lady I was today. Despite the gorgeous day (I hardly noticed), despite the joys of motherhood and relative youth, and everything in the world I’ve got going for me right now, I was utterly wretched. And I was utterly wretched to be around. All day I looked at my poor little girl […]

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A Twist on “Time-Outs”

My pre-school aged daughter is an adorable, intelligent, and strong-willed child. She is also emotionally fragile, defiant, and has difficulty bonding as a result of two disruptions in her first three years—first from her biological mother and then from her foster family when we adopted her. At times her behavior can lead to a vicious […]

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Managing Anger for Moms

I admit it. I don’t want to, but I admit it. I get angry. Some days I get so angry I want to scream. My son has ADD and he does not seem to make the best choices and he has trouble controlling his impulses. This usually gets him in trouble and leads to me […]

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